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Senate and House leaders working on springs bill

Florida is home to 33 first magnitude springs. Such springs, like this one at Rainbow Springs State Park north of Dunnellon, produce a minimum of 65 million gallons of water a day. Photo by Paul Clark

Senators backing a springs bill say there still is hope for the legislation to pass both chambers despite lack of movement on the House companion bill.

SB 1576 would require the setting of minimum flows for springs and require remediation plans that could involve hooking up homes on septic tanks to sewer systems. The bill has passed two of its three committee stops.

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